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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Dryer costs tumble as technologies improve

• ToptenUK.org reveals the long-term benefits of best-performing dryers • B and C rated models lag behind heat pump dryers Times are changing for tumble dryers with energy label ratings of B or below. New figures from ToptenUK.org , the best in class home appliances site run by Energy Saving Trust...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 15/02/2018 - 15:53

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Getting the most from energy efficient lighting in your bedroom

• How do you use LED lighting to get a cosy effect? • Lighting design expert explores the options • Lamps and dimmers key We’re taking an in-depth look at the aesthetic side of installing energy efficient lighting such as LEDs in the home. In previous blogs we’ve explored the living room and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:50

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Getting the best from energy efficient lighting in your kitchen and dining area

• Lighting design expert gives top tips for key room • Using light and shadow to create attractive effects • Managing open-plan areas In the third part of our blog series on creating attractive effects using energy efficient lighting with designer Graham Festenstein , we move on to the kitchen and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/02/2018 - 16:34

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Cleaning up bus emissions in Scotland

Scotland is taking concerted action on air pollution – and Energy Saving Trust Scotland is playing its part by administering a £1.6million Scottish Government scheme to install low-emissions upgrades on existing buses. Bus operators with routes in the country’s key areas for monitoring air...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/02/2018 - 15:02

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2018: A community energy fightback?

• Policy changes hit local schemes - but it's far from the end • National energy changes bring local opportunites • Community Energy England CEO lays out the challenge ahead In recent years, community energy seems to have been teetering on the brink of a breakthrough into the UK energy mainstream...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:14

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How to get the best from energy efficient lighting in your living room

• Part Two in our lighting series with design expert • Creating a liveable lounge with LEDs • Simple effects and more control can be key In the first part of our series of blogs with lighting designer Graham Festenstein , he talked us through the initial things to consider when changing to low-...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 07/02/2018 - 14:16

07/02/2018

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How to get the best out of energy efficient lighting

• LEDs becoming the norm - but questions remain • What are the best light effects to use around your home? • We speak to lighting design expert on the options out there LEDs are becoming the dominant energy efficient lighting option – but for many, they remain a new and quite daunting technology...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 05/02/2018 - 11:53

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Cold comfort: American-style fridge freezers proving energy guzzlers

They may look the part, but when it comes to energy bills, American-style fridge freezers are proving a not particularly positive addition to UK kitchens. In, fact, they can cost three times as much to run as conventional models, according to new data from ToptenUK.org . Energy Saving Trust runs...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 17:16

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Loft conversions and energy saving ambitions

• Loft conversions present chance to future-proof home • Building Regulations require insulation – but you can do more • Chance to make solar power cheaper Loft conversions are the ideal option if you're looking for more space but don't want to extend upwards. But there's plenty to consider as you...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 15/12/2017 - 10:10

15/12/2017

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Let the light shine in with energy efficient lighting

• Low energy lighting now dominates the market • Many types of fittings available • Our guide helps you make an informed choice Energy efficient lighting is now pretty much the norm. Vast improvements in product performance, as low-energy options have become mainstream, mean that these days there...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:16

28/11/2017

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